Students to get 3 meals

2014-05-29 00:00

STUDENTS at the Plessislaer FET College will have to continue eating the “low quality” food they are protesting about for now.

They have been told to be patient for at least another month while management finds another catering company to manage the cooking at the college.

But as from next week, they will be provided with three meals a day, instead of just two.

For the past three days, students have rioted, blocking gates with burning tyres, with all learning grinding to a halt as they complained about the food and the number of meals they were being given each day.

Sandile Masondo, the deputy president of the SRC at the college, said the students continued to protest yesterday morning after the management failed to attend a scheduled meeting with them on Tuesday afternoon.

The Witness visited the campus mid-morning yesterday and found the second main gate to the campus closed with rubbish bins in front of it.

Masondo said the management had not adequately addressed their concerns, but that they had granted some small concessions.

“The issue of the number of times the students ate has now been resolved, as there will be three meals per day.

“But on the quality of food, they have not come up with any real solutions.

“They are telling us that the company was appointed as a matter of urgency and they have now asked us to put up with the company for another 21 days while they look for another company,” he said.

“We raised the issues with the company in February and they never attended to them. Only now that the students have decided to strike are they attending to this.”

Masondo said they will hold a meeting with the students to decide whether to accede to the management’s request while a new company was being sought, but he doubted this would be accepted by the students.

He said since the protests, the students have not had anything to eat, as the kitchens have been closed.

“We are just starving,” he said.

Attempts to get comment from the FET College management were unsuccessful yesterday.

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